Step up. Challenge yourself. Represent Aotearoa at UN Youth Australia’s premier Model Security Council conference – the Evatt Competition!

The Evatt Competition is run by our mates over in UN Youth Australia. It is a simulation of the UN Security Council (UNSC), one of the principal organs of the United Nations and the body charged with the maintenance of international peace and security. Delegates represent member states in pairs. Each Australian state holds preliminary competitions at various times in the year. The top-performing teams from each state progress to the National Finals, which is held in late November. 

UN Youth Australia reserves two team slots (four students) out of the 30 teams in the National Finals for UN Youth New Zealand. We send four secondary school students to compete at the Evatt National Finals. 

The aim of a team in the Evatt Competition is simple: achieve their nation’s goals through diplomacy. The arena is the UN Security Council, convened to consider a draft resolution. Each team of two must use all the tools of the Security Council to mould the resolution to advance their assigned country’s interests: formal speeches, amendments, debating, negotiation, parliamentary procedure, and, of course, lots of back-room wheeling and dealing. The students judged the most effective diplomats proceed to the next round.

Additionally, there will be workshops from experts in their field and inspiring speaker sessions. Overall, Evatt educates young people about the world and empowers them as active citizens by developing public speaking, negotiation, teamwork, research, and diplomatic skills.

We are looking for High School students from across the country to represent Aotearoa on the international stage at the 2019 Evatt National Finals from the 25th November – 1st December in Brisbane, Queensland. If this sounds like a bit of you, then make sure you apply. Applications open on Tuesday 13th August, 7:00pm and close Monday 26th August, 11:59pm.

For any questions relating to the Evatt Tour and the competition in general, feel free to get in touch with the Director, Ayush Sharma at ayush.sharma@unyouth.org.nz.


Key details:

Trip dates: 25th November – 1st December 2019.

Location: Brisbane, QLD.

Cost: $1,700-2,000 (Final cost TBA).


Make sure to read the Evatt Tour 2019 Delegate Information Pack before applying. Best of luck with your application!